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Thursday, 04 October 2007

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It's a classic gaming feast this week for the PAL territories. A full 5 games (4 SEGA, 1 NeoGeo) have landed on the Virtual Console and are duking it out for those hard earned Wii Points. So what you say? But you haven't even heard what titles they are! Hang on tight, it's going to be a long and bumpy ride. This week you can punch, slash, fly, shoot, fight and hack your way through some good classic games.

 

Fatal FuryFatal Fury King of Fighters
NeoGeo - 1-2 player - Rated 12+ -9600 Points - D4 Enterprise - 1991

And in this corner, the first game in the popular Fatal Fury series. The game that gave us the legendary SNK character Terry Bogard for the first time in game history.

The Fatal Fury series chronicles the rise of the "Hungry Wolf" Terry Bogard (hence the Japanese title, which translates to Legend of the Hungry Wolf), and the simultaneous fall of the criminal empire of Geese Howard. Like many other SNK titles of the time, the first installment takes place in a fictitious American city called Southtown. Brimming with violence and corruption, Southtown forms the ideal backdrop for the annual King of Fighters fighting tournament, organized by the notorious crimelord Geese. No fighter has ever managed to beat his right-hand man and appointed champion, Billy Kane, until Terry arrives on the scene.

  
Golden Axe 3 Golden Axe III
SEGA - 1-2 players - Rated 12+ - 800 points - SEGA - 1993

The last of the Golden Axe series released for the Sega Mega Drive on June 25, 1993. The cartridge unit was only released in Japan. The US release was a Sega Channel exclusive. Sega felt the game was not of sufficient quality to release worldwide but it's apparently OK for the V.C.

Damud Hellbringer, the Prince of Darkness, has taken away the Golden Axe and put an evil curse over all the warriors. However, one of the heroes has their curse relieved and is sent to set things straight - lift the curse off the others, defeat the villain and return with the Golden Axe.

The gameplay has been expanded slightly but is essentially the same hack n' slash as the previous games. New features to the series include new characters, new moves (special attacks, teamwork attacks and teamwork magic spells) and junction points where you can choose which path to take.

 

LandstalkerLandstalker
SEGA - 1 player - Rated 7+ - 800 points - SEGA - 1993

Developed by Climax Entertainment originally for the Mega Drive/Genesis. A follow up game called Lady Stalker was released in Japan for the SNES in 1995. The Sega Saturn game Dark Savior (produced by the same company) is considered its spiritual successor. The main characters from Landstalker, Nigel (Lyle in Japan and France) and Friday, reappear in the Dreamcast game Time Stalkers.

The player, as Nigel the treasure hunter, is tasked with searching for clues that lead to the treasure of King Nole. This is accomplished primarily by travelling through both outdoor areas and dungeons. All gameplay takes place in an isometric view, including plot-advancing scenes.

Streets of Rage 3Streets of Rage 3
SEGA - 1-2 players - Rated 7+ - 800 points - 1994

A side-scrolling beat 'em up released by Sega in 1994 for the Sega Genesis. It is part of the Streets of Rage series. It was later released for the Japanese version of Sonic Gems Collection, for the GameCube and PlayStation 2. A more complex plot, multiple endings, lengthier levels, better scenarios (with interactive levels and the return of traps like pits) and faster gameplay (with dash and dodge moves) were included in this game over the previous entries in the series. Weapons could now only be used for a few times before breaking (though they could now be integrated with semi-special moves with certain characters), hidden characters were added and a few cut-scenes were added to give the story depth. Max Thunder gave place to Dr. Zan, a cyborg, who was important for plot reasons.

Besides the fact that it was far more difficult than its predecessors, it was heavily criticized for having an unlistenable, abrasive and noisy Industrial soundtrack, quite to the surprise of Yuzo Koshiro fans; it was far more experimental than the previous two which used more melodies and dance beats. Also the graphics had a grainy, garish feel which was in fact a step backward from the super smooth Streets of Rage 2 visual style. Sound effect skips and collision detection problems added further to the players bewilderment about how the series apparently had taken a turn for the worse.

Super Thunder BladeSuper Thunder Blade
SEGA - 1 player - Rated 3+ - 800 points - 1990

 This shooter for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis console was published by Sega and was a launch title for the console. It is a follow-up to the arcade game Thunder Blade

As in its predecessor, the player takes control of an helicopter which is used to attack a group of guerrillas. The helicopter itself uses guns and missiles, and can also air brake. A distinctive feature that also appears in the arcade game is the use of different viewpoints during the the entire game; during normal gameplay and when fighting sub-bosses, the game utilizes a third-person perspective from behind the helicopter, similar to Space Harrier, but the camera changes to a top-down perspective when fighting bosses. Super Thunder Blade had four stages of play.

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